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Concourse B at Washington Dulles International Airport - Airports Near Washington, DC

U.S. International Travel Guidance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Starting Nov. 8, vaccinated international travelers were welcomed back to the U.S.

Starting Nov. 8, 2021, international travelers are welcomed back to the U.S. and Washington, DC. To travel, all non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrant air travelers must follow the guidance below: 


  • Be fully vaccinated to travel to the U.S. by plane and provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. Only limited exceptions apply.
  • You are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the U.S. by air. The timing of your test depends on your vaccination status and age.
  • Masks are required indoors on public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
  • If you are a not fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S. Only limited exceptions apply to the requirement to show proof of vaccination.
  • Accepted vaccines must be approved or authorized by the FDA or World Health Organization. Please refer to the list of accepted vaccines by the CDC.
  • Requirements for children:
    • Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement.
    • Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test.
  • Contact tracing: The CDC is issuing a contract tracing order that requires all the airlines flying into the U.S. to file and share contact information that will allow public health officials to follow up with inbound air travelers who are potentially infected or have been exposed to someone who is infected.

Take a travel assessment form to find out if you can board a flight to the U.S.


For more detailed information, including limited exceptions and acceptable proof of vaccination, please refer to the CDC.

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