The Biden administration has announced the end of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for international travelers entering the United States. The policy change is expected to ease the burden on businesses that need to bring foreign workers and business visitors into the country.
This decision comes as the related public health emergency declaration is also set to expire on May 11.
Prior to this announcement, foreign travelers were required to present proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to their trip and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their arrival in the United States. These requirements were not applicable to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. With this policy change, foreign travelers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination.
This shift in policy is expected to make international travel more accessible to foreign workers and business visitors who were previously hesitant to travel due to the vaccination requirement. It will also make it easier for businesses to bring in foreign workers who are needed to fill critical roles.
However, it is important to note that the vaccination requirement for foreign workers applying for green cards (permanent residency) in the United States still remains in place. As such, those seeking permanent residency will still need to provide proof of vaccination.
The Biden administration's decision to ease the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for international travelers is a step towards normalizing travel to and from the United States.
The decision is a recognition of the importance of international travel for business and the economy.
This change is expected to be a welcome relief for businesses that have been grappling with the difficulties of bringing foreign workers and business visitors to the United States.
However, it is important to note that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, and travelers should continue to follow all health and safety protocols when traveling internationally. This includes getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing.
The end of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for international travelers is a positive development for businesses that rely on foreign workers and business visitors.
This policy change is expected to make international travel easier and more accessible, while also relieving the burden on businesses that need to bring in foreign workers.
However, it is important to continue following all health and safety protocols when traveling internationally to ensure the safety of all travelers.