The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended an exemption from COVID-19 travel requirements for certain nonimmigrant travelers from Ukraine.

Key Points:

  • Non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants can enter the U.S. without showing proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through April 1, 2022, if they:
    • Are traveling with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
    • Were physically present in Ukraine as of Feb. 10.
    • Have valid travel documents allowing them to travel to the U.S.
  • Individuals who meet the aforementioned requirements must agree to:
    • Take a COVID-19 test within three to five days after entering the U.S.
    • Quarantine for seven days and self-isolate if they receive a positive COVID-19 test or develop COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days after entering the U.S. if they are staying in the country for longer than 60 days.

Additional Information: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also extended its waiver on the pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement through April 1 for some individuals physically present in Ukraine as of Feb. 10, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and nonimmigrant foreign nationals traveling with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who meet the requirements listed above.

BAL Analysis: Non-U.S. nonimmigrants are exempted from COVID-19 vaccination requirement so that those traveling with U.S. citizens and permanent residents can safely leave Ukraine. Such nonimmigrants are reminded that they must meet the aforementioned requirements to enter the U.S. and most follow other applicable COVID-19 guidelines.

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