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US reopened on 8 November 2021 (& subsequent entry restrictions for non-citizens)

US reopened on 8 November 2021 (& subsequent entry restrictions for non-citizens)

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New thread for discussing 1-day test requirements for travellers arriving in the US by air
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/coro...departure.html

Entry ban from eight southern African countries starting on November 29, 2021

Most non-U.S. citizens who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique or Malaw within the prior 14 days will not be allowed into the United States.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-...-disease-2019/

Entry ban by air to be lifted on November 8, 2021 - All travelers should refer to CDC for travel requirements.

3 day pre-flight testing requirement will continue (US citizens/LPR not vaccinated will have to test no earlier than 1 day prior) Children under 2 years old do not need to test.

Children under 18 are exempt from vaccination requirement
Accepted vaccines will include:
  • AstraZeneca
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Covishield
  • Janssen/J&J
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Sinovac
Vaccination certificates must come from an official source
There is a face mask mandate when flying to/from the USA, with effectively no exemptions, and including children two and above years old
Airlines need to provide some sort of contact tracing information for potential follow-up cases

Update on U.S. travel policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination
Last Updated: October 25, 2021

As announced by the White House today, the new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8. The CDCs website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions - U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Last updated: October 25, 2021

The presidential proclamations described on this page will no longer be in effect on November 8, 2021. For additional information, please see Safely Resuming Travel by Vaccine Requirement and Rescission of Travel Restrictions on Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom (travel.state.gov).

To protect the public health, there are four presidential proclamations that suspend entry into the United States of all noncitizens who were physically present in any of 33 countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. They are Presidential Proclamation 9984 (China); Presidential Proclamation 9992 (Iran); Presidential Proclamation 10143 (Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa); and Presidential Proclamation 10199 (India).

What we know so far is
- Confirmed to start on 8 November
- Children under 18 are exempt from the vaccine restrictions, so the varying international standards on jab ages won't be an issue here.

- Vaccines that are OK will include Pfizer, Moderna, AZ, J&J and the two Chinese vaccines.
- Some exemptions from vaccinations are potentially allowed, notably for US citizens, though my guess is airlines will be expecting to see vaccine certificates

- 3 day pre-flight testing requirement will continue, so this needs to be a documented antigen/Lateral Flow test or PCR.
- 3 days is potentially more than 72 hours, departure on a Friday afternoon means a test on Tuesday morning or thereafter.
- NHS Lateral Flows and PCRs can't be used.
- Children over 2 years old travelling with vaccinated travellers have to be tested on the same basis (3 days).
- 1 day testing for unvaccinated USA legal residents (testing on or the day before departure), including their children.

- All passengers need to sign an attestment to confirm their negative test result and also a statement to confirm full vaccination status.
- Children who are not vaccinated do not need to get vaccinated but do need to get a "viral test" 3 to 5 days after arrival in the USA
- As a result there is a separate attestion question for unvaccinated children to confirm that the viral test is arranged.

- Vaccination certificates must come from an official source. The NHS COVID Pass app and EU DCC are specifically mentioned as acceptable.
- Vaccination is counted as two weeks from dose2, or 2 weeks after the sole dose in the case of J&J.
- Antibody certification is not a replacement for the need for vaccination, at least for non USA residents.
- 14 clear days need to elapse before travel. So if jabbed on 1 October then 15 October is when you are good to go.
- Booster vaccinations are not a factor here, they don't count towards or against the primary dose process.

- There is a face mask mandate when flying to/from the USA, with effectively no exemptions, and including children two and above years old.
- Airlines need to provide some sort of contact tracing information for potential follow-up cases.
- These restrictions do not apply at the land border.

Note that a lot of interpretation onus falls on airlines. For example there is no language requirement for vaccine certificates as far as the CDC is concerned, however you can imagine Air France may be hesitant in accepting a vaccine certificate issued in the Welsh language, to take one example.

CDC link
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2...el-System.html


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Old Nov 10, 21, 4:25 am
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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
One question -> Probably no one will be able to answer.

Let's assume a traveller is flying from country A to the USA.
The antigen/pcr test has been taken in country B, because the traveller was in country B shortly before flying to country A.
The test result (issues in country B) are available in English, of course.

Do we have any data point, how airlines are handling this situation?
If it falls within the time requirements and has the correct information it will be OK. Airlines are seeing tests from a multitude of sources and know what to look for.
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Old Nov 10, 21, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by Whiterose View Post
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...ravelers.html#

Scroll down to "Test and Vaccination documentation requirements"
Super thanks!

It appears self-administered tests are accepted. So about to buy a Collinson "Pre-Departure Antigen Unsupervised" test.
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Old Nov 10, 21, 5:07 am
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Super thanks!

It appears self-administered tests are accepted. So about to buy a Collinson "Pre-Departure Antigen Unsupervised" test.
Keep scrolling to the "Does a self-test meet the conditions of the Order?" FAQ answer.
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Old Nov 10, 21, 5:26 am
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Keep scrolling to the "Does a self-test meet the conditions of the Order?" FAQ answer.
<buys different supervised test>
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Old Nov 10, 21, 5:32 am
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(someone beat me to it)

It says it needs to be supervised:

"The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection"

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Old Nov 10, 21, 6:32 am
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Presumably Express Test at T5 is acceptable - their website says so !

Book a test - ExpressTest

Will need to get a test on 26/12 before flying 27/12
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Old Nov 10, 21, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Presumably Express Test at T5 is acceptable - their website says so !

Book a test - ExpressTest

Will need to get a test on 26/12 before flying 27/12
Im on my way to express test at the T4 long stay parking now before my flight tomorrow morning, so will report back tomorrow!
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Old Nov 10, 21, 12:40 pm
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Im on my way to express test at the T4 long stay parking now before my flight tomorrow morning, so will report back tomorrow!
Amazing thanks very much
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Old Nov 10, 21, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Donsyb View Post
Im on my way to express test at the T4 long stay parking now before my flight tomorrow morning, so will report back tomorrow!
so far so good, arrived early but went straight in. We did park to test, so you park outside and go in. You need to have your QR code and ID ready. It was a nasal swab.

results received just over 30 minutes later. Just uploaded to VeriFLY and all accepted. Will update again after check in tomorrow. All very easy so far, and now enjoying a glass of wine in the Sheraton Club Lounge 😊
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Old Nov 10, 21, 6:01 pm
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Just landed at LAX, so am oficially retiring my interest in this thread. Thanks all - its been emotional
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Old Nov 10, 21, 6:10 pm
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Just landed at LAX, so am oficially retiring my interest in this thread. Thanks all - its been emotional
Congrats. I am 15 days away from the same location. Care to share the CBP process? Same as usual or any changes?
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Old Nov 10, 21, 6:58 pm
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Congrats. I am 15 days away from the same location. Care to share the CBP process? Same as usual or any changes?
Airline is enforcing CDC guidelines. Changes you will encounter will be prior to boarding.

Should be no different with CBP.
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Old Nov 11, 21, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by Donsyb View Post
so far so good, arrived early but went straight in. We did park to test, so you park outside and go in. You need to have your QR code and ID ready. It was a nasal swab.

results received just over 30 minutes later. Just uploaded to VeriFLY and all accepted. Will update again after check in tomorrow. All very easy so far, and now enjoying a glass of wine in the Sheraton Club Lounge 😊
just checked in, very smooth. Just checked our VeriFLY pass and our passports. Now in the first class lounge with a glass of champagne 😊🥂
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Old Nov 11, 21, 6:39 am
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just checked in, very smooth. Just checked our VeriFLY pass and our passports. Now in the first class lounge with a glass of champagne 😊🥂
Nice.

I also came across this little sentence:
Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...travelers.html

I know airlines are responsible to collect this attestation but am I required to print and fill this form before check-in? :/ I travel with BA and the only new thing I found was this - https://take.ms/bOsGp - at the end of the API for each passengers. Is that what they call as the "attestation" and no other things is required related to this?
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Old Nov 11, 21, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Presumably Express Test at T5 is acceptable - their website says so !

Book a test - ExpressTest

Will need to get a test on 26/12 before flying 27/12
Good to know about this option. I live nearer to Gatwick so can drive there and back two days before my Heathrow flight. For 35 seems pretty convenient in general.

Shame there's nothing at LHR T5 as I need to do a PCR test turnaround with a mere 48hr window between returning from USA (landing T5) and onward holiday afterwards.
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