The White House announced Monday that it will soon end the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for nonimmigrant international air travelers. The Department of Homeland Security announced it would end the vaccination requirement for non-U.S. travelers entering the U.S. via land ports of entry and ferry terminals.

Key Points:

  • Beginning May 12, the United States will no longer require nonimmigrant foreign nationals to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the country by land, sea or air.
  • Between now and May 12, most nonimmigrant foreign nationals entering the country must continue to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Further details related to ending these requirements will be released in the coming days.

Background: The Biden administration first introduced the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for international air travelers and those crossing at land borders and ferry terminals in November 2021.

BAL Analysis: The termination of the COVID-19 vaccination requirements will coincide with the end of the national COVID-19 public health emergency. The Biden administration has been reviewing COVID-related immigration policies and, in addition to the vaccination policy, recently ended COVID-related flexible deadlines for responding to some U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests. BAL will continue to monitor the administration’s COVID policies and will provide updates as information becomes available.

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