Find out what is required to board a flight to the United States – Fully Vaccinated
(U.S. citizen, national, lawful permanent resident, immigrant)
- Are U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or immigrant
- Qualify as fully vaccinated in the U.S.
Based on your answers, you can board a flight to the United States after presenting appropriate documentation, mentioned below, to your airline before boarding. Federal public health officials may request to see these documents at the port of entry.
- You must get a viral test no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and show your negative test result. If your test was done on a sample taken more than 1 day before your flight to the United States, you must also show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- If you had a positive viral test on a sample collected during the past 90 days, and you met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with your positive viral test result and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”
- You will also be required to confirm that the information you present is true in the form of an attestation.
- These requirements do not apply to children under 2 years of age.
For more information on which types of test are acceptable, what information must be included on the test result, and additional FAQs, visit CDC’s webpage Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19.
|Verifiable records (digital or paper)||Vaccination certificate with QR code1, digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code1 (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate)|
|Non-verifiable paper records||Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider (e.g., the CDC vaccination card)|
|Non-verifiable digital records||Digital photos of vaccination card or record; downloaded vaccination record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without QR code1
1 The QR code in a verifiable vaccination record links to information confirming the credential was generated from an immunization record in an official database and is protected from tampering.
This strengthens a travel process already in place to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. Access to travelers’ contact information will allow U.S. federal, state, and local health departments, and agencies to share appropriate health and public health information necessary to help keep the public safe.
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