US Travel Restrictions Update - Mountbatten Program

US Travel Restrictions Update

9th November 2021

We are delighted to report that following President Biden’s Presidential Proclamation in October, titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, from November 8, 2021, US travel restrictions prohibiting the entry into the United States of individuals physically present in the following countries: Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, were ended.

Starting on November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fully vaccinated air travelers will also continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.

The lifting of the travel ban is welcome news and incredibly positive for the New York Program. While there are currently slowdowns in visa processing/appointment availability at US Embassies/Consulates, as they work to manage the backlog, we anticipate that this will gradually improve in the months ahead.

If you are an interested applicant and have questions about the Program and application process, please Contact Us. We are happy to schedule individual calls.