The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Covaxin to the list of vaccines that the U.S. will accept under air and land entry policies that took effect today, Nov. 8.
The CDC added Covaxin after the World Health Organization (WHO) listed it for emergency use last week. The CDC had previously said that for purposes of entering the country, the U.S. would accept COVID-19 vaccines that are listed for emergency use by the WHO or approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The U.S. is now requiring most nonimmigrant foreign nationals to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days before boarding a flight for the U.S.
A few key reminders:
BAL Analysis: Covaxin was developed and is widely used in India; its addition to the CDC’s list of accepted vaccines could make it easier for many travelers from India to meet the vaccination requirement for entering the U.S.
While the new entry rules ease procedures for many vaccinated travelers, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to present travel challenges. The State Department has stressed, for example, that the rescission of the “physical presence” bans “does not necessarily mean that your local U.S. embassy or consulate is able to immediately schedule all affected applicants for visa interviews.” Applicants are advised to check their local embassy or consulate’s website for information on available services and instructions on applying for nonimmigrant visas.
Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.
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