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New fully vaccinated rules to enter U.S. for international travelers to begin early November

Mexico — As of early November, the U.S. will be requesting travelers entering the country prove their full vaccination scheme against covid-19. Due to the new federal mandate, all adult foreign nationals entering the country will need to provide proof of their vaccination with a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved vaccine.

According to the latest update from the U.S. Embassy for Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, there is a new vaccine requirement for entering the U.S. starting early November.

According to the embassy, “As announced by the White House on September 20, beginning in early November, all adult foreign nationals will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight.

“Fully vaccinated aircraft passengers departing from any foreign country with a destination in the United States will continue to be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure (or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel).

“This requirement will end the need for traveler from certain geographic regions to obtain national interest exceptions under the current presidential proclamations in order to travel to the United States.”

The embassy goes on to say “The CDC will guide which vaccines will be accepted, as part of their standard role in determining who is considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of recommended or required international travel protocols.”

As of September 1, 2021, the CDC has Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen as their listed approved vaccines.

The latest update also includes land travel. Although the US has not provided an exact date for the reopening of the land borders for non-essential travel, it has been said that it will also take place “in early November.”

Travelers wishing to enter the country by land or by air will need to prove COVID-19 vaccines approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization to enter the country.

Vaccines that have been approved By WHO include Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Serum Institute of India – Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation), Sinopharm (produced in Beijing not in Wuhan) and Sinovac -CoronaVac.