Immigration Information: Updates October 29, 2021

On October 25, 2021, the President of the United States issued a Proclamation to revoke the current COVID-19 travel bans and replace them with new vaccination requirements for entry to the United States.  The Proclamation text is available here.

 

The Proclamation will be effective at 12:01 a.m. EST on November 8th  This is welcome news and will facilitate international travel for competition, however there are multiple steps you must take so please read the following carefully.

 

  1. Valid Travel Documents: There is no change to the existing documents required to gain entry to the United States, (i.e. valid passport, visa, ESTA, etc.).  In order to facilitate visa appointments at US embassies, the USTA can provide you with a letter of invitation to attend the 2021 Eddie Herr or Orange Bowl (please email itfentries@usta.com with copies of your passport to request a letter of invitation for visa application purposes). It is our understanding that in certain countries, it is exceedingly difficult to get a visa appointment at your local US embassy. Unfortunately, the USTA has no ability to facilitate an appointment on your behalf.

2. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for air travel to the United States

  • If you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from another country

  • You must show acceptable proof of vaccination with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine, and meet the definition of fully vaccinated, to meet the requirements under the Presidential Proclamation and CDC Order

  • Airlines and other aircraft operators must be able to confirm proof of vaccination and review other required information and they should determine when translation is necessary for these purposes. If your documents are in a language other than English, please check with your airline or aircraft operator before travel

  • You will also be required to fill out an attestation and disclosure form (Attestation)

3. Exceptions to vaccination requirement: There are several categories of noncitizen, nonimmigrants that meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC Order.  If you are in one of those categories you will need to fulfill additional requirements to travel to the United States, such as compliance with all public health precautions and any other health precautions established by the CDC.  Examples of exemption categories include:

 

4. Proof of negative COVID-19 viral test result required before air travel

  • Regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, you must show a negative COVID-19 viral test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States

  • Before you board your flight:

    • Fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

    • Not fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from another country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel)

  • For more information about these testing requirements, visit Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19

 

A helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” page created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address questions around the implementation of the President’s Proclamation can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html#faq