It’s been a rocky road for international visitors hoping to visit family, vacation or conduct business in the U.S. Luckily, the clouds are starting to clear! The U.S. will ease tough, pandemic travel restrictions for vaccinated international visitors from 33 countries in early-November. The new policy requires non-citizens of these countries to show proof of vaccination before boarding U.S.-bound flights. Visitors will also be expected to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure.

Why will the U.S. relax travel restrictions?

The U.S. was under increasing pressure to relax restrictions for months, especially since many of these countries have already welcomed Americans back. The U.K. and E.U. countries relaxed restrictions for vaccinated U.S. travelers since the summer. Countries that will benefit from the new U.S. policy include Brazil, China, India and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe.

The U.S. has had an uneven reputation with countries around the world since the pandemic started – with 150 countries not subject to the same travel bans. This new policy does even the playing field and requires those foreign nationals not previously affected by the U.S. travel restrictions to comply with the vaccine requirement.

Does the new vaccination policy affect Canada and Mexico land borders?

In a separate announcement, the U.S. extended land border restrictions for nonessential travel for incoming non-citizens from Canada and Mexico to at least Oct 21, 2021. Officials gave no indication if either country would be a part of the new vaccine rules for border crossings.

Vaccine Policy Exemptions

Unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated parents will be exempt from the vaccine requirement. The White House also indicates there may be other exemptions carved out in the official final policy. Full details have not yet been released.

Implications for Unvaccinated Americans

Unvaccinated Americans returning from international travel will now face strict rules as well. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test required within a day of travel, and proof of purchase of a viral test to be taken after being allowed reentry.

How do you feel about the new rules? Do you have family that could be affected in a positive way? Can your family members get the vaccine now required for entry? Do you think the vaccine requirement for international visitors is a good thing? Sound off in the comments below!

47 Comments

  1. Just

    My family will not be able to travel to the USA under these guidelines
    My son cannot be vaccinated due to reactions as a child and my mother got the 1st Pfizer vaccine and had a terrible reaction that she’s still suffering from. The doctor is too scared to write a medical exemption in case he loses his license
    It’s such a shame when politics prohibits the experts from doing their job
    It also makes no sense at all why only vaccinated individuals would be allowed to travel, the vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission or infection, just as if they hadn’t had the vaccine so why force people to get it to travel?

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  2. ANNE MACDONALD

    They need to allow mixed dosed vaccines.

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  3. Carol

    What about the natural immunity people . That don’t want the vaccine and want to travel. This is suppose to be freedom if choice…USA

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  4. Vita

    I think it is so wrong that you have to be vaccinated. We have a choice and you should not allow this to happen. People have rights and also illnesses

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    • Dr. Mike Reeder

      Absolutely! All this for 0.1 – 0.3% death rates for those that get infected. Nearly 100% of those already have been compromised anyway. USA makes no sense about SARS2/COVID. I know I live there and and tested positive for COVID some months ago. I’m fine my family is fine……… No question. It’s just a stupid political game! Life is NOT risk free.

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  5. Nancy

    I want to know if any airlines have eased restrictions for mask wearing for small children. They can’t wear masks- they won’t keep them on. My grandson was on oxygen for the first 9 months of his life and masks restrict the oxygen that he needs to breath. He is now 2 years old and is developmentally delayed due to his medical problems at birth . Can he get an exemption from a Dr.? that the airlines would accept?

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    • cheapair

      As of yet 2 year olds and older need to wear masks to travel. You can contact the airline you are thinking of flying on to see if they have eased restrictions or have medical exemptions. Thank you

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  6. Eric amsden

    We should have been able to travel sooner

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  7. Ginette

    I think that a Covid test should be enough to travel to the United States from Canada.!!

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  8. Ross Waite

    Do we have to be vacillated to travel to Mexico & back to California?

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  9. Dj

    Drop all vaccine requirements stop promoting fear

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    • Adriana Pacello

      I agree stop putting fear into people, let people live and have some faith. A negative test should be all that
      is required. God help us all with these hungry power evil people that are in charge. The world need to wake
      up to all of this craziness. I know this Covid is real, but not to destroy our way of life. Be smart and put your
      faith in God.

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  10. Derek Hiller

    Hello a vax passport is a stupid idea as you can still get it and pass it to others. The fact they want a test also proves that point! Passports only work if it stop the spread of the virus but it doesn’t so all it does is let people think they can’t get it or pass it to others which is an illusion of security!

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  11. Tana Braswell

    Unvaccinated persons should not travel.

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    • John McDonald

      Sick people should not travel regardless of their vaccination status. You hear people say unvaccinated shouldn’t travel, but the vaccinated can still get and transmit the virus. So in reality an unvaccinated person is taking the risk for themselves not others.

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    • Elvis Philip Momoh

      It is not fair for you to said unvaccinated people should not travel. If you are eating jokes food but I don’t want to eat them that can’t be there is a problem for you eating it. Because you are and you want it and I don’t want it for a reason knowing to me.

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  12. Yvonne Y Best

    will so. africa be included in travel to and from the country ?

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    • cheapair

      Hi Yvonne, yes, this includes fully vaccinated South Africans. They can now travel to the U.S. if they show proof of an authorized vaccine.

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  13. Lola Molina

    Those frontline hero’s during covid are now shamed and fired without unemployment. Banned from society. There is a special place in hypocrisy hell for people. Love they neighbor regardless . We aren’t clones of each other. I don’t believe in division of any kind . I’m not a trumper, not a liberal , not a conspiracy theorist. I’m a human with human rights . Maybe one day we can all live free and equal regardless of our individual choices that we make it our own lives. Imagine that.

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  14. Anna

    Vaccinated or unvaccinated, as long as a negative COVID test is presented, no one should have to be quarantined for 10-14 days. Vaccinated individuals can get COVID and might be asymptomatic. The vaccinated who think they are safe are more dangerous than the unvaccinated…The lax on mask wearing and not social distancing is more prevalent in the vaccinated than the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals get tested, wear masks and socially distance more than the vaccinated, because they are more cautious. Not everyone can get vaccinated, and it should still be optional to get it or not. Forcing individuals to be vaccinated is unconstitutional. It’s my body, my choice!

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  15. Flora Green

    Unvasinated people should not be allowed to travel.

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  16. Jay from Florida

    Traveling has always been a gift, such as good health, working hard, raising a family, and being a good person. It’s also the privilege handed down from our forefathers…..The gift of independence and making our own decision when it comes to our own life…. We lost that gift when the government decided to tell us how we will proceed to live if we refuse the vac. It’s easy to submit to the shot….. it’s living with it that’s hard. We are losing our independence….. that gift our forefathers worked so hard, to give us.

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  17. Julie Smith

    We’re the land of the free I think it’s the person’s choice I do not think our government should have their nose in it in theYou’re personal business

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  18. Kara

    People who aren’t vaccinated shouldn’t be allowed to leave or enter America. This is a world wide padamaic and air travel and cruises are the fastest way of spreading it.

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  19. HARINDER GHAI

    Has US declared a specific date from when travel for B1/B2 is begining, waiting for the concrete information before booking my family`s tickets from India to US

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    • cheapair

      Hi Harinder, It looks like these rules will be implemented in “early November.” More details should be out soon and we will update our blog accordingly.

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  20. Kris Brink

    Vaccinated or unvaccinated can get Covid and spread Covid
    The “vaccine” only protects the person who received it with the hope of milder symptoms..
    wake up people… divide and conquer

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  21. Jacqueline Marie Shumway

    And what about those of us that have travel vouchers from original air flight credits from when the pandemic first started?? Those countries and/or airlines are still not open. Will our credits from Cheapair still be valid when they do open?

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  22. Ann

    U vaccinated ppl has right too and no one should be forced to take a vaccine into your system that you are not comfortable with that your rights.

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  23. Richard Sabourin

    Again American make a hard time for Canadian to go visit friend and family until October 21 first
    So I am not happy to see that and will postpone my flight until the 28 of November

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  24. Elvis Philip Momoh

    Your believe of taking vaccines it’s not the same way of myself believe all of us are humans being but different nature

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  25. Chris Reynolds

    We are US citizens in the UK. Fully vaccinated. Plan to fly home [LHR – ATL] on October 14th.
    Delta Air says I need a Covid test < 3 days before flight.
    Hard to find test places, but have one identified [DAM Health- Cardiff]. Offers PCR [ takes 24 hrs] and monitored Antigen test [cheaper and only 2 hours wait].
    Why don't you publish the requirements? Can I risk an antigen test, or must we play it safe with a pricey PCR? Thanks.

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  26. Roberto Robinson

    Is Costa Rica one of the countries

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  27. Sheryl Young

    This is tyranny at its finest! No vaccine passports at all.

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  28. Sabby

    How can people travel when the U.S embassy date is all the way in 2023.I understand safety comes first but oh my everyone is human and sometimes people are longing to see their family or can’t go when a family is ill 😞it’s not nice at all.the feeling is truly not nice

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  29. Gracie

    I have friends and acquaintances with miocarditis, brain embolism and other horrible adverse reactions from vaccines. Airlines will cease to exist if only vaxxed are allowed..

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  30. Briel Johnson

    What about people who are getting a far date to go to the U.S embassy just to get to travel that’s not fair at all

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  31. Earl Eugene Cayetano

    Hi there, we want to know if my mother, a 71 year old senior citizen from the Philippines can travel here now. She is fully vaccinated but with an Aztra Cenica vaccine. Please advise.

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    • cheapair

      Hi Earl, our understanding is that any vaccine that is approved by the CDC or the WHO will work for these new requirements. Hope that helps.

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  32. Hubert Hintzen

    What about Domestic Air Travel?, Are unvaccinated people subject to the same restrictive travel rules.

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    • cheapair

      Hi Hubert, this is only for international travel. Domestic travel does not require a vaccine but we recommending checking to the state you are traveling to. Some states suck as Hawaii may have rules that require a vaccine test or a negative Covid test to visit. Thank you

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  33. Inez

    I ordered 6 airline tickets through Affirm, I would like to know when I will receive my tickets. We will be traveling from Cleveland to San Diego on December 8th through December 11th

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    • cheapair

      Hi Inez, we sent the confirmation the same day you booked it. Sometimes our confirmations land in spam or junk folders. I re-sent it. If you don’t see it you can also view it on our website CheapAir.com/trips with your booking number and last name or you can email help@CheapAir.com for assistance. Thank you

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  34. Chuck Schimmel

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this very informative article. This is necessary.

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