With the holiday season approaching, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued orders to accommodate those seeking to travel internationally.
In an announcement on Monday, the CDC issued new orders allowing international travelers to enter the United States if they provide proof of vaccination. These new rules will apply for non-U.S. citizens who are not immigrants, with an exemption for children under 18.
"Both the U.S. Government and the airline industry are committed to making this process as seamless as possible for the traveling public," the CDC wrote in a statement.
The order will require fully vaccinated travelers who have received FDA-approved vaccines to have a negative COVID-19 test taken three days before their travel date. Unvaccinated travelers will need a test within one day of their U.S. travel date. The rules will exempt children under the age of 2, but children between 2-17 will still need a test.
An unvaccinated child traveling with a vaccinated adult can test three days before leaving. Children traveling alone or with an unvaccinated adult must test within a day of the flight.
Vaccine requirements for those under 18 will differ based on nation of origin, as some countries don't have approved vaccines for those under 18 years old. The Biden administration says it will provide accommodations for those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
Passengers must also provide basic contact information so airlines can expedite the contact tracing process if an infection occurs.
The new rules will go into effect Nov. 8. This development comes after the White House announced plans to reopen U.S. borders to most foreign travelers and end restrictions on border crossings in Mexico and Canada.
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