Travel Restrictions to be Lifted in November for Vaccinated Travelers

September 24, 2021

In the coming months, the Biden Administration is expected to lift the COVID-related travel bans for foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated. No set date has been provided, but a spokesperson for the White House stated that the policy change will go into effect in early November.

In 2020, during the initial onset of the COVID 19 outbreak, a series of travel bans were issued that affected travelers from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. With some exceptions, individuals who had been in one of those countries at any point during the past 14 days were required to apply for a National Interest Exception (NIE) at their local consulate in order to travel to the United States. Lifting these travel restrictions will eliminate the need for an NIE, although a visa will still be required for those seeking entry to the US in any nonimmigrant status (H-1B, O-1, F-1, J-1 etc.)

ISSS still discourages international travel due to the ongoing pandemic, but this is a welcome action to ease some of the burdens our international community has been experiencing lately.