Piarco International Airport. AZP News/Azlan Mohammed
ALL adult foreign nationals travelling into the United States from November 8 will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
US citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) will be exempt from this vaccination requirement, although unvaccinated US citizens and LPRs, including children, must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before departure and be retested upon their arrival to the United States.
This was the updated policy that was announced by the White House, the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago stated in a press release on Tuesday.
The Embassy stated, “All adult foreign national international air travellers, meaning individuals 18 years or older, coming to the United States will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a US-bound flight. Vaccinated air passengers will be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of arrival to the United States or written documentation of recovery from Covid-19 after previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and a letter from a licensed health care provider that the passenger has been cleared for travel.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will accept all FDA-approved or WHO-authorised vaccines for air travel and entry into the US. This new requirement does not affect issuance of a U.S. visa, the Embassy stated.
Unvaccinated children 17 years and younger will follow the testing regimen of their parents travelling with them. Unvaccinated children travelling with vaccinated parents will need to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of arrival to the US.
The CDC continues to strongly recommend against air travel by US citizens and LPRs who are not fully vaccinated. However, all such travellers who return to the US will be required to provide before boarding a US bound flight; proof of a negative Covid test result taken 24 hours prior to their departure; and proof they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival.