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CDC Issues Further Updates to COVID-19 Guidance for Air Travelers to United States

There are further updates from the CDC for all air travelers.

Now, most travelers will have to show  a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and contact information to board an airplane for the United States. As before, U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and those entering the United States on immigrant visas do not need to be fully vaccinated. Other non-U.S. citizens, including those entering on temporary visas (with limited exceptions), must show proof that they are fully vaccinated. A booster dose is not required to meet this requirement.

In addition, while no longer required, CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.

What to Do After Arrival

Non-U.S. citizens, including those entering on temporary visas who are not fully vaccinated, but allowed to travel to the United States by air based on an exception, may be required to attest to some or all the following:

  • Get tested within 3-5 days after arrival absent documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;

  • Stay at home or in your hotel room and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if test is negative, absent documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;

  • Isolate if test result is positive or symptoms develop; and

  • Those intending to stay in the United States for 60 days or longer should become fully vaccinated within 60 days of arrival, or as soon as medically appropriate.

  • Follow all state, tribal, local, and territorial recommendations or requirements.

U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and those entering the United States on immigrant visas as well as non-U.S. citizens, including those entering on temporary visas who are fully vaccinated but not up to date with vaccines, i.e., not up to date on boosters, CDC recommends:

  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel absent documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;

  • Get a viral test 3-5 days after arrival absent documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;

  • Self-monitor for symptoms and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop; and

  • Follow all state, tribal, local, and territorial recommendations or requirements.

Individuals who recently recovered from COVID-19 (within the past 90 days), regardless of vaccination status:

  • No need to test within 3-5 days after arrival;

  • No need to self-quarantine after arrival;

  • If symptoms develop after arrival, isolate immediately and get tested;

  • Continue to isolate until test results are available; and

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others.

All other travelers:

  • Get a viral test 3-5 days after arrival;

  • Self-monitor for symptoms and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop; and

  • Follow all state, tribal, local, and territorial recommendation or requirements.

COVID-19 travel requirements and recommendations can change at any time due to changing circumstances. It is important to check the CDC websites for guidance prior to travel.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 126
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Porter S. Young Immigration Employment Attorney Jackson Lewis Washington DC
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Porter S. Young is an associate in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Porter represents employers in immigration matters and is known by colleagues and peers for his positive attitude and outstanding work ethic. 

Whether assisting employers in obtaining employment-based visas for foreign employees or immigrant visa petitions, Porter works diligently to meet his clients’ needs.

An immigrant himself, Porter served as a student attorney in the Immigration Clinical Program while in law school, helping others navigate the complexities of...

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