Beginning November 8, all adult foreign nationals travelling to the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated before boarding their flight.[rpi]
This is in addition to the current requirement that travellers show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to the U.S.
Once the vaccination requirement is put in place, the White House will ease all the country-specific restrictions on international travel that has prevented non-citizens who have been in the United Kingdom, European Union, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa in the prior 14 days from entering the U.S.
There will be very few exemptions for unvaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. The limited exemptions will likely include children under the age of 12, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, and those travelling for certain humanitarian purposes. Unvaccinated foreign nationals who receive an exemption may have to agree to be vaccinated upon arrival.
Fully vaccinated Americans will only need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to the U.S. The CDC will require airlines to collect contact tracing information from fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents arriving back in the U.S.