Vaccine Mandate for Foreign Air Travelers Extended till April 10
The White House has extended the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for all foreign air travelers coming into the country. The policy which was first put in place in October 2021 was set to expire Jan. 8, but will now be enforced until at least April 10. The news comes from an emergency amendment issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The TSA says that prior to boarding a flight to the United States, foreigners must present a paper or digital documentation of Proof of Being Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19, consistent with the CDC requirements. That includes personal identifiers (e.g., name and date of birth) that match the personal identifiers on the passenger’s passport or other travel documents. Otherwise they must present documentation proving that they are an Excepted Covered Individual.
Also starting this week, the U.S. reimplemented the COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers from China. China, which recently announced an end to the quarantine requirement for visitors, has criticized the U.S. and other nations for adding additional COVID-19 testing requirements for incoming Chinese travelers.